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    The question was asked how I am getting it to grow. I am amazed to learn this is a difficult species, for me, this grows better than most of my other Nepenthes! When I received the plant, it was the size of a half dollar, and no pitchers. Less than a year later it is 3 inches high and has about 6 pitchers, although they are small. I have the plant in pure live moss, with a layer of pearlite on the bottom. It is a 6 inch by 6 inch square pot, which allows for the tendrils to nestle into the moss. The sphagnum is a dense short red variety that does not overwhelm the plant. The pitchers and some of the leaves are lightly covered by the growing moss, which I occasionally tamp down if things get out of hand. The plant sits in tray watering, always. Occasionally I spray the leaves. perhaps once a day when temps. are highest. Day temps are in the high 70's - mid-80's, dropping to the high 50's at night in the cooler months. In summer, it just remains at ambient room temperature, with perhaps a 5
    degree drop. Unlike the highlanders, this does not affect its pitchering. It is in a tank with (8) 40 watt assorted spectrum lights about 7 inches from the plant, and 100% humidity. I notice if the sphagnum grows, so does the plant. I do not feed the plant. Possibly the trap production is a result of being hungry? It is important that the tendrils be allowed to sink a bit into the moss I think, and not overhang the pot. Well, there you have it. I am very pleased to learn that my cultivation is good, as I hope to impress my source to part with a N. hamata come spring. I have a cool cellar that never gets above 65F, even in the hottest days of summer, so I hope that I can soon try my hand at some real highlanders. Thanks all for the kind welcome in my previous post: I have been up to my ears with Pygmy Drosera gemmae sending, with little time to respond! At least my Nepenthes are fairly low maintenence!


    Of course, I will now have to have a greenhouse of some sort. I realize this after seeing Nep G's wonderful home for his plants! I was just given some very nice plants from a forum member who is no longer able to grow them, and my terrarium space is getting smaller with every day they grow. Right now all the plants are small, but after reading Swords comments I realize that I had better come up with a plan, and soon! The highlanders love new York winters, and it seems to me the rapid temperature drop at night is a big part of their happieness. I am learning much from you all, this is a great forum!!









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    Tamlin, there is a web page that someone does grow all the nep. in his basement.
    could we get lucky enought to see a picture of your argentii?
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    Arrow

    Tamilin......

    I MUST congradulate you!!!

    Those are the biggest d@mn pitchers that I have EVER seen... They must be the size of a football!!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]



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    hehe


    Seriously though, congrats on the plant. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] In due time you'll forget all about you dews... and a slave to thy neps thou shalt be! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    holly cow i thought something was about ready to jump out of the computer and bite me when i opened the page lol.
    Tamlin, yes indeed congrats on the N.argentii. you are by far have started off w/ a plant in your grow list that not to many people have or even think of affording. thanks for posting a picture of it.
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    Nice picture;>

    umm maybe it's because of growing under lights but that doesn't look like N. argentii seedling to me. I only have a picture of a young pitcher so I can't show a young plant right now. But the leaf shape isn't right and there is no fuzz anywhere that I can see
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    Heres a photo of a fully grown lower pitcher of N. argentii showing the general fuzziness of tendril and pitcher:



    And here's another photo of a female plant, showing the typical bleak and harsh habitat:

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    I will post the pitcher pic.. keep in mind this is about a 1cm pitcher on a 5cm wide plant..I will try and get a close up of the plant tomorrow.


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    Well I sure feel foolish. I guess even the masters can slip up on occasion. Thank you for the correction, and I will update my growlist as soon as I stop crying. Mistakes happen, but why this one? I wrote to Phill, who knows maybe someday....
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